A lawyer in Brazil mistakenly submitted into court a sex slave contract he had entered into with his client.
The unnamed lawyer was supposed to be filing evidence to support his client's claim against her insurer for a stolen mobile phone.
But instead of attaching the insurance contract, he appended a contract between "the Dominant and the Submissive" in which his client had agreed to be his sex slave.
"The fundamental purpose of this contract is to allow the Submissive to safely explore its sensuality and its limits, respecting and duly considering its needs, its limits and its well-being", stated the contract, which the lawyer handed in to the 4th Special Civil Court of Cuiaba.
The contract recorded that his client "has offered without hesitation the pleasure he has requested and has accepted without question the training, guidance and discipline of the Dominant in whatever form".
"The Submissive accepts the Dominant as her master", continued the detailed document, "with the understanding that it is now the property of the Dominant, to be used as per the will of the Dominant".
Flipping the typical lawyer-client dynamic on its head, and then hogtying it.
The contract was signed in October 2019 for a term of three months, with an option to extend if both parties agreed. The submissive client agreed to make herself available to her dominant lawyer from Friday night to Sunday afternoon every week. She was also required to refer to him as 'Mr Grey', the name of the antagonist in the hit BDSM novel 50 Shades of Grey.
Extracts of the contract published in a Brazilian newspaper Folha De S.Paulo show that client care remained important to the kinky lawyer. While he "may discipline the Submissive as necessary to ensure that the Submissive fully values its subservient role and to discourage unacceptable conduct", he was required to "ensure that no permanent marks are left on the Submissive's body and no injuries are caused that may require medical attention". He also covenanted that "the instruments used for training and discipline purposes will be kept at all times in a perfect state of cleanliness and hygiene".
Being a BDSM arrangement, it's not all hugs and kisses and clean instruments. Under the terms of the contract, the lawyer "may restrain, beat, whip or physically punish the Submissive as he deems appropriate, for purposes of discipline, for his personal pleasure, or for any other reason, which he is not obligated to explain".
It also permitted him to "arrest, handcuff or bind the Submissive at any time during the Designated Hours or any agreed overtime".
After flagging the mix-up with the lawyer, Judge Tiago Souza Nogueira de Abreu gave the lawyer 15 days to withdraw the document from the file, ordering that it was "extraneous to the records".
He got off lightly. A barrister in London who signed a BDSM contract with his colleague was sacked for spanking her over the desk of a partner.